Tips for Opening RIS Files

When you need to open RIS files, start by double-clicking it. Your computer will try to open it automatically. If that doesn’t work, try the following tips.


1. Download another program.

Different file extensions work with different programs, and it can be difficult to figure out which program opens which files. Here are a few programs that usually work with RIS files:

  • HDF Zlib File
  • Reference Manager RIS Format
  • Bibliographic Reference File

You can download one of these programs from the software developer’s website.

2. Look at the file type.

The file type can sometimes tell you which program might open the file. If you have RIS files, they are most likely types of Text Files. A program that works with Text Files should open RIS files.

Don’t know the file type? You can find it by right-clicking the file and selecting “Properties” or “More Info.” The file type will be listed under “Type of File” or “Kind”.

3. Check with the software developer.

Try contacting the developer of one of the programs mentioned above. They can help you figure out why your RIS file won’t open. Some of the most common developers are listed below.

Software Developer
HDF Zlib File Windows Software
Reference Manager RIS Format The Thomson Corporation
Bibliographic Reference File Microsoft Programmer

4. Install a universal file viewer.

Universal file viewers can open many different types of files, depending on the format. If your RIS file won’t open, try installing a universal file viewer like File Magic (Download). Some files aren’t compatible with universal file viewers. These files will only open in binary file format.


Download Universal File Viewer (File Magic)